The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) which has provided fellowships for professionals from 51 countries is currently being phased out.
The aim of the programme, which was initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was to help reduce the shortage of skilled workers in the selected countries, through training courses and programmes that are facilitated by Dutch higher education institutions.
Under NFP, fellowships were awarded for the last time in April 2017 (for short courses and master’s programmes).
The current phase of the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes has ended. At this moment the outlines of a new capacity building programme (including fellowships) called ‘Orange Knowledge Programme’ (OKP), are being developed.
Orange Knowledge Programme
The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries. The programme is the successor of the NICHE and NFP programmes.
How can you apply?
You cannot apply online on this website. You need to first select a course and then contact the education institution of your course and ask how to apply for the scholarship.
You can find a list of courses and institutions that are linked to the Orange Knowledge Programme in Studyfinder, using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’. You can also find contact details of the institutions there.
Nationals of which countries can apply?
The Orange Knowledge Programme individual scholarships are open to mid-career professionals, who are nationals of – and living and working in – the following countries:Afghanistan ▪ Albania ▪ Armenia ▪ Bangladesh ▪ Benin ▪ Bhutan ▪ Bolivia ▪ Burkina Faso ▪ Burundi ▪ Cambodia ▪ Colombia ▪ Congo (DRC) ▪ Cuba ▪ Egypt ▪ Ethiopia ▪ Georgia ▪ Ghana ▪ Guatemala ▪ Guinea ▪ Indonesia ▪ Jordan ▪ Kenya ▪ Lebanon ▪ Liberia ▪ Mali ▪ Mozambique ▪ Myanmar ▪ Nepal ▪ Nicaragua ▪ Niger ▪ Nigeria ▪ North Macedonia ▪ Pakistan ▪ Palestinian Territories ▪ Peru ▪ Philippines ▪ Rwanda ▪ Senegal ▪ Sierra Leone ▪ Somalia ▪ South Africa ▪ South Sudan ▪ Sri Lanka ▪ Sudan ▪ Suriname ▪ Tanzania ▪ Thailand ▪ Tunesia ▪ Uganda ▪ Vietnam ▪ Yemen ▪ Zambia ▪ Zimbabwe
We emphasise that these scholarships are also open for applicants from francophone countries.
Note: In the next application round opening in September, Tunisia will replace India in the country list above.
Which courses are available?
Scholarships are available for a selection of:
- short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months);
- master’s programmes (duration 12 – 24 months).
All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship for this application round are listed in Studyfinder. Please search in Studyfinder, using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’. You can also find contact details of the institutions there.
What are the deadlines?
There are 3 application rounds for individual scholarships every year. These rounds usually open in February, June and September. The application round in September is only for short courses. The deadlines vary per institution.
Current application round
The deadline for the round that opened in September has passed. The next round opens in February 2020.
After selecting a course, you need to contact the Dutch institution directly for more information about the application deadline.
What are the criteria?
You cannot apply with us. You need to contact your Dutch education institution. Each institution may have different specific criteria.
For more information on the general eligibility criteria please read:
Please note that there are focus areas for each country. Only applications that fall within the focus area of your country of employment are eligible.
Please check the obligations and conditions before you apply:
What is the selection procedure?
The procedure is as follows:
- Candidates register with their Dutch education institution
- Dutch institution nominates candidates and submits grant application
- Embassies check eligibility and assess applications
- Selection results published
- Grants awarded
The Dutch institution can give you more information on the various steps involved in the application and selection procedures, as well as the eligibility criteria. You can find contact information for the Dutch institutions on www.studyfinder.nl.
Funding and management
This 5-year programme is initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic.